Our top 10 favorite North Carolina waterfall hikes
When river meets towering rock, something seemingly magical happens, as water begins to tumble and spill into a pool below. Waterfalls are simply beautiful. They’re strikingly photo-worthy. And those tumbling tendrils of water somehow stir remarkable emotion in the soul.
Table Rock Mountain Trail: Hiking North Carolina’s Linville Gorge
The views are, no exaggeration, simply breathtaking. Soaring from the rim of the deep-cut Linville Gorge northeast of Asheville, Table Rock Mountain is a plateaued peak with a rocky, wind-swept summit that affords 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding Pisgah National Forest. At just under 2 miles, roundtrip, it’s not a short hike, or an overly difficult one – but those stunning summit views have kept us coming back, year after year and season after season.
Mount Mitchell: hiking to Mount Craig on the Deep Gap Trail
Hike the Deep Gap Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park, trekking a ridgeline to beautiful views at Mount Craig, the second highest peak east of the Mississippi River, and the neighboring Big Tom Mountain.
Bring a frisbee, blanket, camera or picnic. Soak up an incredible sunrise or stunning sunset. Lay on the expansive, grassy summit and cloud gaze during the day, or stargaze at night. Hike through miles of wildflowers, wild blueberries and blackberries, and wispy, tall grass. Catch incredible 360-degree panoramas of surrounding mountain summits in North Carolina and Tennessee.
This is Max Patch, a popular, iconic, almost idyllic bald summit on the Appalachian Trail that’s beloved by hardcore AT thru-hikers, casual day hikers and frisbee-flingers alike.